Challenge: Every Child Ready to Read- Reading challenge

Sharing books is the best way to get your child ready to read! Creating positive experiences around books and reading is great way to instill the love of reading in your child. Choose 5 activities to complete the challenge.

When you complete 5 tasks, you will earn 5 points and a badge.

father reading to his baby

Choose a book from the non-fiction section to share new information with your child. Informational texts also often use more varied vocabulary than story books. Pick a subject they might already be interested in, here are a few suggestions:

  • Creature Features by Robin Page and Steve Jenkins
  • Fur, Feathers, Fin all of us are kin by Diane Lang
  • Birds Make Nests by Michael Garland
  • The Planets by Gail Gibbons
  • Grand Canyon by Jason Chin

Try poetry! Poetry often provide richer vocabulary and more abstract thinking than story books. Go to the poetry section in non-fiction and try something! Here are some titles if you need help getting started:

  • Little Poems for Tiny Ears by Lin Oliver
  • The Neighborhood Mother Goose
  • Winter Bees by Joyce Sidman
  • One Minute till Bedtime: 60-second poems to send you off to sleep by Joyce Sidman
  • Hello, I'm Here by Helen Frost

Read an ABC book, letters are just shapes! You don't need to read these from beginning to end, begin with whatever letter you want and start pointing out shapes!

Choose any picturebook and read it together. Run your finger under the lines of text as you read. This helps show your child we read left to right and that the lines on the page have meaning! It also works on baby's eye tracking development.

Choose a book with some repeated rhyming words and have your child say it with you. Reading books with words that rhyme help key in kids to the smaller sounds that make up words.

Use expressions as you read to help your child learn about feelings.

Look at the cover, spine and front pages before reading a book. Point out features like the book's title, author and illustrator.

With baby hand them a board book and let them explore on their own before reading.

Pick a favorite book and ask your child to tell you what happens before you start reading.

Choose a book about the season you are in, talk about the differences or similar things happening where you are.

Be a reading role model, let your child see you reading during the day!